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Is ADHD a real disorder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The mental health and medical communities agree that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a real disorder. In fact, some in the medical community feel that ADHD may be underdiagnosed, with some children not receiving the treatments that they need. Critics state the opposite, saying that ADHD is overdiagnosed and that ADHD is not a real medical condition. However, the National Resource Center on ADHD reports that the National Institutes of Health, the Surgeon General's office, and the behavioral health community stand together in support of diagnosing and treating ADHD. Numerous research studies also uphold the notion that ADHD is a real disorder. Many studies have shown that children with ADHD symptoms experience a host of negative outcomes without treatment.

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a very real disorder. It is a condition that makes it hard for people to do things that might be easy for others, like paying attention, following rules, or sitting still.

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